Rock Creek Fire Morning Fact Sheet - August 29
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 29, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Information Officers: Katie Knotek, Tom Rhode, Claire Pitner
Fire Information Line: (406) 446-1041 with answering machine
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Incident: The Rock Creek Fire started on August 20, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. of unknown origin and is under investigation.
Location: 5 miles southwest of Red Lodge, MT along U.S. Highway 212.
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Custer and Gallatin National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Carbon County DES.
Incident Management: Under unified command, Shawn Pearson’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) with Red Lodge Fire Rescue. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Carbon County Fairgrounds in Red Lodge, MT.
Current Size: 950 acres
Containment: 50% Structures Threatened: 546
Status: The fire is burning in sage and timber in steep terrain. The fire is located 5 miles southwest of Red Lodge. There are no evacuations in effect at this time, and all structures listed as threatened are under Stage 1 “Ready” Alert. Local traffic through the East Side Road off U.S. Hwy 212 should take precautions and avoid unnecessary stopping for the safety of helicopter operations. The Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212) is open between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which includes access to Cooke City and Silver Gate. The community of Red Lodge is open for business and campgrounds in the local area remain open.
Yesterday’s Activities: Firefighters continued work utilizing established pump operations out of Cyclone Creek to suppress hot spots in the drainage along the fire’s western perimeter. Slash removal was also continued in the West Fork of Rock Creek. Congressman Steve Daines visited the Incident Command Post for a briefing on the incident and took a flight over the fire to look at current and past fire activity.
Current Resources: Six 20-person crews, three engines, two pieces of heavy equipment, and four helicopters. Total personnel: 310.
Today’s Activities: Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday with light winds and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Operations are focused on maximizing efficiency, leaving much of the eastern and southern portions of the perimeter unstaffed where fireline has been established. Efforts today will focus on the western flank of the fire where the most heat exists. Firefighters will use water from Cyclone Creek to extinguish hot spots while completing handline. Structure protection crews will continue slash removal work in the West Fork of Rock Creek.
Restrictions/Closures: A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Silver Run Trail #102, Ingles Creek Trail #64, and Beartrack Trail #8. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Beartooth Ranger District.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.